San Diego, CA
Being a florist and former event planner, I knew I would be a little crazy when I had my first child. A few months after Desmond was born I found some popcorn bags at the Dollar Tree (which ended up being favor bags) and started planning his Circus themed 1st birthday.
I am thrifty and hate to be pressed for time, so I gathered items from various stores throughout the months — the Target Dollar bins were amazing! Most of the items were store bought and DIY'd to match the Circus theme. The hats were just striped party hats, and I added poms and trim to get the clown vibe, without the clowns! I ended up finding the elephant for the cake topper at Ross ($6) and hand painted it to match the colors for the party. The #1 is from Target ($1), and I glued on the teal felt for the Muppet look.
I took a plain white tee and added the buttons, ruffles and handmade bowtie to make a comfortable and cute tuxedo shirt. The ringmaster vest with tails is felt, buttons, hot glue and a ton of patience!
The kids played in a ball pit and with hula hoops on a big blanket that I added circus letters to that read "PLAY". I even picked up a little circus tent from IKEA. We also had a photo area set up behind the tent with props including clown noses, giant sunglasses (both from Dollar Tree), hats and handmade items from Events by Elisa
, which was fun for the adults too.
The invites and all of the other graphic elements were created by Elisa Sutter of Events by Elisa
. The smashcake, delicious cupcakes and adorable cakepops were made by Nikki of Calculated Whisk
Desmond may not remember the day, but we have amazing photos and I know everyone else will remember it for a lifetime. So worth it! Now I need to get started on his 2nd!
Thanks Desiree! Readers, see more of Desmond's party on Penny Blooms Floral Design.
(Images: Lindsey Gage - Eyelet Images)
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